Demo | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
79
okay
432 Ratings
DemoDemo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Demo is a deliciously dark lick of an India Pale Ale. It’s medley of roasted malts and heady hops will have your senses dancing to the beat of a different I.P.A.

45 IBU

Added by NEhophead on 01-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
145
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.07%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review adapted from notes taken 4/11/11

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin but nice little head, good lacing

Smell: A dull burnt character - overall, very mildly roasted and burnt - a hint of grassy hops - seriously lacking in hops and chocolate that seem more appropriate for the style - this could probably pass for a porter

Taste: Similarly underwhelming - roasted, burnt, a hint of vanilla, some chocolate, some sweetness - NOT a bad beer, but also not a good example of an American Black Ale - lacks complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp, nicely carbonated

Overall: I'm usually generous with Magic Hat, but this... this is not great

I'm hoping this is just a "demo" and that this beer will not actually be rotating. It tastes more like a weak porter than the style it is supposed to represent.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick black-brown, a bit murky with some chunky yeasty bits tumbling out from the bottom of the pour. The head is a modest off-white with fair rings of lace in retreat. The nose picks up yeasty coffee with a vague citrus hop blended in and just a hint of chocolaty sweetness over it all. Interesting enough. The palate detects tangy coffee malt, almost like a sharper version of a milkshake but in a very watery, fizzy beverage with little to sink your teeth into. This does not portray the kind of black IPA I admire most which would feature more of the hops bite muted by coffee and malt complements. This seems more bent on the side of a thin porter or stout so that would be my main complaint, billing this as an IPA. Flavor wise it's good enough to enjoy a taste. I even pick up a touch of fruit nougat and maybe a slight vegetable edge. The IPA idea perhaps picks up a little more as you get closer to those chunky goodies in the bottom of the glass, but this still comes short of what has proven to be one of the more enjoyable styles in recent years. It's really not bad. I would just suggest they beef up the body a bit and bring out the hops a little (in the aroma and flavor).

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from a good friend of mine. He was very excited for me to try it. The pour was pretty nice, a deep brown color with a pretty good looking tan head on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy and had some dark chocolate notes as well. The taste of the beer was hoppy, then it faded to a macho coffee type of aftertaste. The mouthfeel was too light for this style. Overall it was one of the better beers Magic Hat has put out in a while but still not that impressive.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, almost black with a large creamy tan head with good retention.

S - Buttered biscuits and earthy grains

T - Immediately you are hit with toasted bread and coffee, also hints of dark chocolate.

M - Good.

O - Magic Hat puts out good beers. This style isn't one of my favorites, but they still did a good job with it.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

I wrote notes on this about a month ago, but I realized that I didn't get it into BA until today.

On the pour I had a ton of foam. The glass was more than a third in head. I thought that would mean a lot of aroma, but there wasn't much there. I only picked up some coffee and no real hoppiness coming off the top.

The flavor was mostly thin coffee with some roasted malts. I didn't catch any hop flavors. There wasn't much to the flavors. I hoped for more, but it wasn't there.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, grassy hops and some chocolate

T: The taste starts out a sweet milk chocolate flavor and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild for the style but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a one finger dark beige colored foam; frothy in appearance, but fizzled away rather quickly; body color of the beer is dark brown; not as black as I expected but nice and firm; appears viscous but is rather liquid in movement with lots of floating yeast sediment; no visible carbonation; some nice lacing formed

S - Sour notes of yeast and grains; malt biscuit and some roasted notes also; ginger; coffee comes up after a while

T - Roasted malt flavor; kind of a sour feel on the palate; leaves a heavy deep coffee/espresso flavor on the back-end; slight bitter, hop, flavor on the tongue; touch of vanilla come up after retro-olfaction

M - Effervescent and light in texture; foamy at the mouth but washes down rather thin and quick; great combination of coffee notes and malt flavor; well-balanced attack on the palate

D - Good black ale; I really enjoyed it and could be shared as a great digestion drink

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. It is too dark to see the carbonation levels and there is some really great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice well balanced full bodied taste. Lots of hops mixed with caramel and malts. Also some chocolate and coffee. There was a bit of an odd flavour to the beer that I couldn't quite figure out.. but it didn't hurt the taste too much. It finishes with a malty and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - Black IPA's are quickly becoming one of my favourite styles. This is a solid beer that Magic Hat should have as part of their regular line up. It reminded me a bit of a junior version of the Stone S.S.S.R black ale. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 8 May 2011
Glass: Standard nonic
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Pours a 1-finger head, reduces to heavy film, lacing is surprisingly sticker for a typical Magic Hat. Color is deep copper-brown.

Aroma begins with some roasted malts and coffee, lightly hopped. No other ingredients than that, but the quality of the aroma is rather nice.

Taste of roasted coffee leads the charge, even lighter in roasted malts, but specifically no dark malts seem to be large in flavor. Hops are present, but light and on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel is not a palate-destroyer, and drinks as a great dark session beer. As the beer descends down the glass, the following sips the hops seem to hit the taste buds before the beer actually hits the tongue, making this extremely enjoyable. Their "on tour" series beers always impress me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Demo

Pours a dark brown, murky, off white head forms and little in the way of lace but retention is good. Aroma is light and mainly floral in nature with some bready notes. In the flavor, some hop bitterness, pine, alittle porter like maltyness and small roast. On the light side of medium bodied. Overall, a pretty decent beer and worth the purchase.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boy oooohhhh Boy....I am struggling with this beer. I admire the moxy of Magic Hat to try an American Black Ale....which I refer to as a Black IPA. I just do not think it came together. The appearance, for me, is not rated high because of the floaties present...more than there should be. The color is black and you cannot see through it. Almost no head and poor lacing. The scent is gives the beer promise, definitely has a hop to it. The taste though comes of very espresso-ish and acidic. The of course hampers the mouthfeel. I would not session this beer. I am glad to have the opportunity to try this beer, but would not drink a lot of it.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a Magic Hat Spring Mix Pack.

Appearance - Holy moly!! This IPA pours black with reddish, mahogany hues toward the bottom of the glass. A rich, 2 finger beige head and medium lacing makes for a pretty exciting pour. Head really doesn't disappear totally.

Smell - Toasty malts are there right off the bat. Minimal hops come through. Much less than I would think for an IPA. Coffee and caramel also poke their heads out on the back.

Taste - This beer doesn't even drink like an IPA. It resembles more of Stout to me. Malts are prevalent throughout the experience. Hops are there on the back end. They come through when you least expect them. A nice burp reminds me that I'm drinking an IPA too. I tasted the hops much more the second time around. Coffee finishes this beer off and lingers until I take another sip.

Mouthfeel - It's a bit creamy and also carbonated nicely. I really like this beer.

Overall - Good stuff here. A different twist on what I'm "used" to. IPA, for me, can be a flavor journey and this was definitely an adventure that I would take again and again. Now, if only I can find it in a six pack...

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Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Trader Joe's for a buck or so. Poured into a regular pint glass. Dark brown color, with a slight white head and some lacing. Aroma had notes of espresso and chocolate. Taste was appealing. I liked the flavors of cocoa, black licorice, and roasted malt. No real presence of hops. Lots of flavors resembling a porter, but with a smoother ale body. Mouthfeel was ample and full bodied. I liked this beer as great dark ale. One of the better MH beers I've tried in a long time.

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Photo of Genuine
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass.

The body is very dark in color with slight hints of red, with a medium tan head that stuck around for a while and actually left lacing down the side of the glass.

Taste - Lots of roastyness from the start. I'm noticing some breadiness as well from the yeast, which goes quiet well the roasted malts/hops.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation kind of reminded me of soda bubbles, which, wasn't that great but, it as good.

Overall - this is a decent beer from Magic Hat. wasn't a huge fan of the aftertaste, not sure if I would have it again, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on bottle neck.
Served in a standard pint glass.
It pours a mahogany-hued black with a fading beige head, along with some splotchy lacing.
Smells of cut dry pine and slightly burnt rye toast, mingle with citrusy and resinous hops.
Unlike a Schwarzbier, the hop flavors are upfront and dominant. Citrus, spruce, resinous and metallic hops are strong, but reluctantly give way to a fairly solid malty body. Rye toast and graham crackers with a touch of honey follow in behind the hops. A little boozy alcohol staggers in and joins the party, but sort of off to the side, belching and hiccuping now and then, but not totally inappropriate.
Nice beer to pair with grilled meats and veggies or spicy Asian dishes.

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Demo from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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